Toledo area healthcare coverage the nation's best

Came across a report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute that shows Toledo's Metro Statistical Area (MSA) non-elderly healthcare coverage is among the best at 92.8%. And according to the chart, this is the best coverage out of the major metro areas (7.2% uninsured rate). Will this spell the end any more discussion on the City's contribution to CareNet? While the MSA includes Monroe County MI, and the larger Toledo area, it is still pretty good.

An interesting note:
NOTE: Census Bureau 2007 Data Update — On March 23, 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau issued new data revising its 2004 and 2005 health insurance coverage estimates, reducing the estimated number of Americans without health insurance by nearly 2 million people. The bureau said the inflated numbers were due to a 12-year-old computer programming error. The revised estimates show that 44.8 million people (or 15.3 percent of the population) were without health insurance in 2005; the original estimate was 46.6 million (or about 15.9 percent of the population).

Numbers:
a. Total / b. Employment-based Coverage Total / c. Employment-based Coverage Own / d. Employment-based Coverage name Dependent / e. Individually Purchased / f. Total Public / g. Medicaid / h. No Insurance

Toledo, OH
a.100.0
b.70.3
c.35.9
d.34.4
e.9.1
f.19.1
g.18.8
h.7.3

Download the complete study at:
http://www.ebri.org/pdf/publications/books/databook/DB.Chapter%2026.pdf

You can download the multi-year stats at:
http://www.ebri.org/pdf/publications/books/databook/Table 26.5.xls

Employee Benefit Research Institute:
http://www.ebri.org/
The mission of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) is to contribute to, to encourage, and to enhance the development of sound employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education.

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This is what I find amusing by reports like this.

2004 and 2005 numbers.

What with job loss, job creation with jobs that offer no bene's and so on, the numbers seem hardly relevant to what we face now.

Some of us cannot even purchase health insurance without exclusions and so on and the premiums are sky high at times.

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